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110 Seven Ponds Nature Center Southern Lower Peninsula

wildlife viewing  |  directions and facility information

Butterfly garden view of the lake walkway trail through the woods
Photo: © Phil Seng


trail through the butterfly garden
Photo: © Phil Seng

This area boasts a diverse mixture of habitat types including glacier-formed lakes, ponds, marshes, swamps, prairie, and rolling woodlands. Five miles of hiking trails wind through these habitats. Boardwalks, bridges, and observation towers provide a close look at the wildlife that call these areas home and provide scenic views of the surrounding countryside.

Wildlife Viewing

yellow lady's slippers flower The yellow ladyís slipper is one of Michiganís most beautiful wildflowers. This delicate orchid often grows in swamps, bogs, or forests with rich soils.
Photo: © Ray Rustem

Because Seven Ponds contains many different kinds of habitats, it is a good place to view wildlife throughout the year. The bird viewing can be especially rewarding, as more than 200 species have been sighted here. The list includes nesting sandhill cranes, bobolinks, bluebirds, tree swallows, and swamp sparrows. There is a good probability of viewing muskrats and beavers in the wetlands and lakes.

Seven Ponds boasts a wonderful variety of wildflowers from spring through fall. In the proper habitat and season, there is an excellent probability of seeing trilliums, yellow ladyís slippers, jack-in-the-pulpits, prairie coneflowers, and gentians. Visit the interpretive building to discover what is currently in bloom.

This facility also has maps, interpretive materials, exhibits, and a nice wildlife viewing/feeding window. Exhibits include a display on Michigan birds with over 150 specimens, an interactive beaver lodge exhibit, live reptiles and amphibians, and an observation honey bee hive. Naturalists are on duty to answer questions and conduct activities. Current program offerings are posted on the nature centerís web site.

The building and grounds are open Tuesday through Sunday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


From the Detroit area, take M-53 north past Almont. Turn left onto Dryden Road, and proceed 7 miles to Calkins Road. Turn left onto Calkins and follow signs to the nature center.

Ownership: Michigan Audubon Society/Seven Ponds Nature Center, managed by Seven Ponds Nature Center (810) 796-3200.

Size: 468 acres

Closest Town: Dryden

Weather and Driving Directions for Dryden

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